EL PASO, Texas -- The Mexican border city of Juarez hit a new low this October, but in a more positive way.
In October, the state attorney general's office recorded a total of 30 murders, the lowest monthly tally in five years according to the local newspaper, El Diario. The publication has kept a close count of the killings since the beginning of this long outbreak of drug violence.
Two years ago, when the violence peaked, an average of eight people were murdered daily. Since 2008 more than 10,000 people have been killed in Juárez. Thousands more fled across the border to the United States and to other parts of Mexico.
Experts on both sides of the border say that, at least for now, the battle between two warring drug cartels is largely over with the Sinaloa cartel prevailing over the Juárez cartel.